All of you have probably responded to many suicide attempts where someone slashes their wrist. And…seems like 9 out of 10 either do it wrong (across instead of down) OR they don’t cut deep enough, OR both. I cant count the times I responded to “Cut wrists”, only to find someone with a superficial, yet self inflicted wound, hesitation marks and all.
In the fire/EMS and LEO profession, we have ALL seen this…And, on occasion we see the ones who do it correctly.
However; last shift, (I happened to be off )…The guys on my crew, (while having a relatively slow shift with only 9 runs), responded to a pretty off the wall suicide attempt.
A man took an ELECTRIC CIRCULAR SAW, and ran it across the inside of his left arm THREE TIMES (once just above the wrist, once in the mid forearm, and once closer to the brachial area) cutting himself to the bone each time. AND THEN DID THE SAME EXACT THING TO HIS RIGHT ARM !! SO…he cut himself SIX times in all, THEN got in his truck and started driving somewhere. He pulled over when he began to pass out from blood loss, and that is where my guys found him.
He lived…but, holy fucking shit, man.